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Carbondale man sentenced for deadly DUI crash


A Carbondale, Illinois man was sentenced to prison for a deadly DUI crash in November 2014.

According to Michael C. Carr, Jackson County State's Attorney, Seth Loyd, 23, was sentenced for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving the death of Matthew Dierker, 33, of Carbondale.

Loyd pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 to the charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was sentenced to serve a term of a little more than 4.5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

Loyd must also undergo substance/alcohol abuse treatment as part of his sentence.

According to Carr, the incident happened on Nov. 14, 2014 at about 3:30 p.m. The Carbondale Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of Old Highway 13 and Bigler Road in Carbondale to a crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist.

When they arrived at the scene, officers found the bicyclist, Dierker, unconscious on the left side of Old Highway 13.

Two witnesses told officers that they were going westbound on Old Highway 13 behind a green 1997 Ford Escort. As they approached the intersection with Reed Station Road and Old Highway 13, they say the Escort was weaving from the center lane to the shoulder, crossing onto the gravel shoulder, and varying its speed.

They said a short time later the vehicle hit Dierker, who was on his bike on the gravel shoulder, causing him to hit the windshield of the vehicle.

Another witness stated that she was going eastbound on Old Highway 13 when she saw the green Escort begin to pass the victim. She said the vehicle began to swerve into the center of the road and then corrected back across the westbound lane and hit the victim.

Officers identified the driver of the Escort as Loyd.

At the scene, officers said they noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Loyd's breath and that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Loyd allegedly told the officers that "he was not going to lie, and that he was guilty of a DUI right now."

He also allegedly told officers that he was texting his mother when he hit Dierker and that he did not see Dierker on his bike before hitting him.

He allegedly told officers that he had gotten drunk the night before and had a couple more drinks when he got up that day, and that he had been up for about an hour.

Loyd was taken into custody and transported to a Carbondale hospital where he voluntarily gave a blood sample.

Tests conducted by the Illinois State Police Crime Lab on that blood sample revealed that Loyd had a blood alcohol content of .207.

After providing the sample, Loyd was taken to the Carbondale Police Department where he again admitted to drinking earlier in the day and that he was texting when the crash occurred. He also provided a breath sample, which revealed a blood alcohol content of .174.

According to Carr, Dierker, whose heart stopped at the scene but was revived, was taken to a Carbondale hospital for treatment. When he arrived, it was discovered he had severe head trauma, a broken neck and back and multiple rib fractures.

Dierker was air lifted to a St. Louis hospital where he died the following day.

On Nov. 17, 2014, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office charged Loyd with multiple counts under alternative theories: two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated driving under the influence involving a death, one count of operating an uninsured motor vehicle, one count of use of an electronic device and one count of expired registration.

On Aug. 18, 2015, Loyd pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony and the most serious charge.

According to Carr, the remaining counts, which would have carried no additional prison time, were dismissed.

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department. Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Brewster was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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